How to join the Library

For subscription membership, please email our Library Support team for details of how to join and how to pay your fee.

To apply for other membership types, please come directly to the Library Help Zone in either The Sir Michael Cobham Library on Talbot Campus or Weston Library in Bournemouth Gateway Building on Lansdowne Campus.

Please check our staffed opening hours, and note that during evenings and weekends the Libraries are open for self-service only, with no Help Zone service.

You will need to bring the following:

Reference membership

Passport sized photo; proof of address within the BH postcode area (e.g. bank statement); photo ID

Subscription membership

Passport sized photo; proof of address (e.g. bank statement); photo ID; proof of payment – arrange in advance by contacting [email protected]

External membership - Alumni and former staff

Passport sized photo; proof of address (e.g. bank statement); photo ID; confirmation email showing status - arrange in advance by contacting [email protected]

External membership - AUB, BPC, Weymouth College, etc.

Passport sized photo; proof of address (e.g. bank statement); valid student ID card

SCONUL Access

Passport sized photo; valid student ID card; confirmation email from SCONUL – arrange in advance via their webpage https://www.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access

Vacation membership

Passport sized photo; proof of address (e.g. bank statement); valid student ID card from a UK higher education institution

Please note that if you don't provide the correct documentation and a passport sized photograph we will be unable to complete your application.

Once you've successfully joined we'll issue you with a BU Library ID card. Please carry this with you whenever you visit the library.

Under 16s are only allowed to use the library if they are on an organised visit with their school or if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please see Membership types for more details.